India

India

Etymology

The name India is derived from Indus, which originates from the Old Persian word Hindu. The latter term stems from the Sanskrit word Sindhu, which was the historical local appellation for the Indus River. The ancient Greeks referred to the Indians as Indoi (Ἰνδοί), which translates as “The people of the Indus”. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Calcutta Urban Explorers – A group for anyone interested in finding new and interesting places in the city. From new residents wading into the City of Joy for the first time, to old hands that know every corner of West Bengal, this is a group for anyone with an open mind and a passion for urban exploration. Find new restaurants, bars, pubs, activities, neighborhoods, music halls, and coffee shops, and meet new people looking for the same! [meetup]

Chennai Coffee Books Meetup – Bookworm weekend meet-ups @ Chennai. Free rolling agenda. [meetup]

Chennai Social Entrepreneurs meetup – Chennai Social Entrepreneurs group (part of Unconvention|SpeakerSeries) is a local hub for social entrepreneurs with monthly event that share knowledge from sector leaders, create networking opportunities, and connect you to a large community of support. The motto is to showcase the opportunities available in the social enterprise sector and inspire more people to take social entrepreneurship to impact India’s poor. [meetup]

Delhi Adda – We want to encourage as many members as possible to host events. If you are interested in hosting an awesome event then post it on our group (with detailed information so that we can approve it) and/or let us know. Your event should have complete information with regards to contacts, date/time, venue etc. Links to external website or group will not be allowed. [meetup]

Delhi Travel Club – Are you looking for a travel companion in Delhi? Then Delhi Travel Club is the right place for you to meet like minded travellers from Delhi. [meetup]

Films and TV Shows Meetup – This is a group for Film/TV Shows Enthusiasts. [meetup]

Go Adventure – Discover your passion for adventure, nature, fun outings, adventure picnics ,team activities and healthy outdoors. If you have the spirit of adventure and passion for adventure sports, join us. [meetup]

Kolkata Self Empowerment & Exploration Meetup – Group of spiritual enthusiastic people interested in self healing through
Cosmic energy .it mainly interest pepole about to retire from active professional life and stressed because of confidence to cope up with the stress and reqire external energy to heal them. [meetup]

Kolkata Travel Club – Are you looking for a travel companion in Kolkata? Then Kolkata Travel Club is the right place for you to meet like minded travellers from Kolkata. [meetup]

Meet and explore – Let’s meet understand each other, new thought culture. Possible only by meeting sharing and networking. People of all age group are invited to grow this group. Thanks for your participation. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Bharatmatrimony.com – Bharatmatrimony.com is an excellent site recommended for the truly serious-minded daters. It is perfect for those who are on the sure path towards trying to get married. This dating site has millions of members and, according to the Limca Book of Records, has the highest number of online documented marriages. While it is free to sign up, you will need to upgrade to some level of premium subscription in order to contact other members. Bharat Matrimony benefits from both its huge user base and the fact that the vast majority of these users will be genuine profiles because signing up requires a mobile phone validation. [visahunter]

Fropper.com – Fropper.com is short for “friend hopper” and is based on the premise that all good love relationships begin with friendship. It is an Indian focused social media network and dating site with over 4 million members. Fropper boasts a boatload of different features. Fropper Relationships is the dating portion of the site. User profiles hold a fair amount of room for detail, and the browsing and communication options get the job done, but are nothing special. Fropper’s features as a stand-alone dating site are pretty standard, but as a whole, with its large user base and the many different features found on the rest of the site, Fropper is definitely worth checking out. [visahunter]

Indiancupid.com – Indiancupid.com is owned by my favorite online dating conglomerate, Cupid Media. Cupid Media owns such sites that I’ve used in the past such as Afrointroductions.com and Brazilcupid.com (I met my wife on Brazilcupid.com). Note that Indiancupid.com is not a traditional Indian dating site like the others I will mention below. It is geared towards single Non-resident Indians (i.e. NRIs). I’d have to guess based on my experience with this site that greater than 80% of the members of this site are Indians who live in the United States, the UK, Canada, or Australia. [visahunter]

Jeevansathi.com – Jeevansathi is an Indian matrimony and dating site. It was started in 1998 and today has several million members using its services. Jeevansathi has a polished, modern looking website that functions smoothly and is easy to use. This site prides itself on strong privacy and security features, and as a result Jeevansathi is full of genuine, verified profiles. Jeevansathi is mostly used by and designed for Indians living in India. The site is technically open to foreigners as well, but an Indian phone number is necessary for even a basic registration. If you are living in India, or you are planning on moving there soon, this might be the site for you. [visahunter]

Shaadi.com – Shaadi.com is the best online dating site if you are actually in India and looking for a partner who has a more traditional mindset. Shaadi has been around for seemingly forever, having brought together over 4 million matches since its launch 20 years ago. Shaadi has over 20 million members, located around the world, not just in India, but also the United States, UK, Australia, and even Pakistan. [visahunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Delhi Heritage Walks – Experience the city of Delhi, its neighbourhoods, as never before, Explore the lesser known parts of the city, Enjoy heritage as not only the past but a living tradition. [delhi heritage walks]

Masterji Kee Haveli- MKH Tourism India – Our tours are combination of walking and cycle rickshaw (Pedi cab) ride to make a comfortable experience at Old Delhi. Delhi is all about its heritage, culture, traditions and culinary experience. [masterji kee haveli]

Walks 2 Remember – Walks 2 Remember is the only company that started providing Free walking tours in Delhi with its inception in 2014. Today we proudly do Free Walking Tours as well as premium specialised tours for our guests and are growing continually to bring our guests affordable tours to understand and explore this beautiful city of Delhi. [walks 2 remember]

Walks of India – Walking tours as a tourism concept are very popular in the west or developed countries but are only taking shape in India now. Even then its very slow and has not taken off to a level where they can be referred to as a complete business model. [walks of india]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Admire the artistry of Ajanta and Ellora – The stunning rock-cut cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora are the crowning glory of Indian religious art. The temples of Ellora were hewn by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain stone-carvers from the 5th to the 10th century, but nearby Ajanta is even older, with exquisite murals that may date back as far as the 2nd century BC. [world travel guide]

Bend to the power of Yoga – India is the birthplace of yoga, one of the world’s best-loved traditional therapies. At ashrams and yoga retreats across India, you can learn the fine art of yoga from the people who invented it, or at least their direct descendants. Head to Haridwar or Rishikesh in the Uttarkhand hills to discover yoga at its spiritual source. [world travel guide]

Delve into Delhi – India’s capital is a riot of sounds, smells and sensations. Eight separate capitals have risen up on this site over the centuries, ruled by a string of empires. The heart of the city is Old Delhi, which overflows with forts, mosques and maze-like bazaars; south of the old city, New Delhi was laid out in wide avenues by the colonial architect Lutyens. [world travel guide]

Feel the belief in India’s temples – India overflows with temples, from modern marvels like Delhi’s Akshardham to the timeless glory of the erotic temples of Khajuraho. Amritsar’s Golden Temple is the most sacred site for the Sikh religion, while the temples at Ranakpur are thronged by Jain pilgrims. In the east, Konark is one of India’s treasures, built in the shape of a vast stone chariot. [world travel guide]

Feel the flow of the River Ganges – The mighty River Ganges is a direct channel to the divine for India’s 966 million Hindus. At the wondrous city of Varanasi, one of India’s holiest Hindu pilgrimage towns, the riverside ghats are mobbed by pilgrims and holy men performing ritual ablutions and prayers as the sun rises and sets over the sacred river. [world travel guide]

Find Bollywood in Bombay – Delhi may have the history and architecture, but Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is India’s capital of fashion, film, finance and fun. Mumbai is a city of phenomenal contrasts, where India’s tallest skyscrapers rise against a backdrop of ramshackle bazaars and slums. Attractions include ancient cave temples, colonial monuments, fine dining restaurants, the movie studios of Bollywood and the world’s busiest train stations. [world travel guide]

Find peace in Kashmir – Troubled Kashmir manages to be both India’s most serene spot, and sometimes its most dangerous. When things are peaceful, the legendary Kashmir Valley is mesmerising, with its ancient mosques, Mughal gardens and houseboats drifting over its serene lake. Because of the security situation, many opt instead for neighbouring Ladakh, which moves to the peaceful refrain of Buddhist temple bells. [world travel guide]

Head for the hills – India’s hill stations are a bizarre facsimile of England, transported to the forested highlands of India. In towns such as Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), Darjeeling (West Bengal), Ooty (Tamil Nadu), Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu), you’ll find grand colonial hotels, whitewashed churches and dainty teahouses set against a spectacular backdrop of Himalayan peaks. [world travel guide]

Join the fun at a Hindu festival – The 330 million deities of Hinduism are celebrated in all their vivid glory at festivals such as Durga Puja (September/October) in Kolkata (Calcutta), where thousands of rainbow-coloured idols are immersed in rivers and pools. Other must-see celebrations include Holi, the festival of colours (March), Diwali, the festival of light (October/November), and the Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering on Earth. [world travel guide]

Kick back on India’s beaches – Mumbai (Bombay) has Juhu and Chowpatty, and Chennai (Madras) has Marina Beach, but the best beaches of all are down in the south. Goa offers some of the nation’s top strips of sand, while Kerala offers an even steamier version of the tropical south. Then there are the beaches of the Andamans – pure tropical perfection. [world travel guide]

Move to Indian rhythms – From the show-tunes of Bollywood to the haunting melodies of the sitar and shehnai (Indian oboe), Indian music has a way of getting into the blood. You’ll hear it everywhere, from temple courtyards and dinner shows to buses and marketplaces, where the singers of the latest movie soundtracks are treated with the kind of adulation normally reserved for Beyonce and Beiber. [world travel guide]

Roam through Rajasthan – From the glorious capital, Jaipur, to the Blue City of Jodhpur and the White City of Udaipur, Rajasthan is awash with desert fortresses, terrific temples and the palaces of Maharaja. For the ultimate Rajasthani experience, head for the desert city of Jaisalmer, where camel safaris into the Thar Desert offer a little taste of what life was like in India’s glorious past. [world travel guide]

Sample serene Buddhist India – When the Dalai Lama fled Tibet, he found sanctuary, along with the exiled Tibetan administration, in Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh. Today, Tibetan Buddhist communities thrive across India, from the high-altitude deserts of Ladakh to the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim and remote Arunachal Pradesh in the far northeast, offering a whole different take on Indian spirituality. [world travel guide]

Sample the steamy south in Kerala – For a complete break from India’s urban grit, cruise along the tropical backwaters of Kerala, pausing en route to visit country villages and scattered temples and beaches. On board, you can sample one of India’s best-loved cuisines, with delicious seafood cooked in coconut curries. For something really unique, see Kerala’s kathakali dancers perform their elaborate routines. [world travel guide]

Seek the perfect brew in India’s northeast – Discover where the humble cuppa comes from on a tour of one of India’s tea plantations, which spread out like a green carpet around Darjeeling, Assam and the Nilgiri Hills of south India. On a plantation tour, you’ll meet workers picking tea in a landscape of vivid green and get a chance to sample India’s finest brews. [world travel guide]

Seek tigers in India’s national parks – India boasts more than 70 national parks, 400 wildlife sanctuaries and 17 biosphere reserves, providing a much-needed home for rare tigers, Asiatic elephants, one-horned Indian rhinos and more. Among the best-known reserves are Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Rajasthan), Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan), Kanha National Park (Madhya Pradesh), Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand) and Sunderbans Tiger Reserve (West Bengal). [world travel guide]

Soak up the atmosphere in artistic Kolkata – Where Mumbai is all razzle and dazzle, Kolkata exudes an air of calm sophistication. India’s capital of the arts is a fascinating collection of bustling bazaars, sprawling parks, and grand, decaying colonial monuments that once housed the government of British India, where life moves to the same timeless rhythms as the turgid Hooglhy River. [world travel guide]

Splash down in the Andaman Islands – For the real tropical paradise experience, there’s really only one choice. Floating off the east coast of India, the Andaman Islands are densely forested, ringed by sand and fringed by coral reefs teeming with tropical fish. This remote archipelago is also home to Adivasi tribal people whose ancient way of life endures despite the challenges of modernisation. [world travel guide]

Take a desert safari – Mughal India was the crowning glory of the Islamic world, and while other empires stole the thunder, the ancient cities of north India still swim with the romance of Arabian Nights. For the full experience, get out into the India’s sprawling deserts on camel back from Jaisalmer, and camp beneath an unbelievably clear panorama of stars. [world travel guide]

Take in the Taj – India’s Golden Triangle offers a mesmerising circuit through Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, but it’s the Taj Mahal that everyone comes to see. Described as the greatest monument ever built for love, it’s perhaps the most aesthetically perfect building on earth, constructed from gleaming white marble by the heart-broken Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his favourite wife. [world travel guide]

Unwind on the sand in Goa – Although less mellow than in the happy-be-go-lucky days of the 1960s, the hippy hangouts of Goa have evolved into India’s favourite seaside resorts. The occasional full moon party can still be found in places such as Anjuna, but today, the focus is more on sunbathing, sipping local spirits and sampling the Portuguese-influenced cuisine of the coast. [world travel guide]

Festivals

Festivals

Bihu – Popular among the festivals of India celebrated in the North East, Bihu is the harvest festival of Assam. During the month-long celebrations, young men and women wear their traditional clothes and perform the Bihu dance in the village fields and courtyards. A community feast is held with a lot of fanfare. [travel triangle]

Christmas – One of the most famous and awaited festival in the world, Christmas happens to be of sheer significance for elders and children alike. Everyone regardless of their religion wait for this day, children specifically for the surprise gifts from Santa. All the churches are lit up and decorated to celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus. [travel triangle]

Diwali – Diwali, the most prominent Hindu festival of India, is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. During this festival of lights, houses are decorated with clay lamps, candles, and Ashok leaves. People wear new clothes, participate in family puja, burst crackers, and share sweets with friends, families, and neighbors. [travel triangle]

Durga Puja – One of the important festivals of India, Durga Puja is celebrated with grandeur by Bengalis, throughout the country. The 10 days of fast, feast, and worship of Goddess Durga are accompanied by cultural songs, dances, and dramas. Huge and beautiful Durga idols are made and placed in specially made artistic Pandals(canopies). People dress in traditional wear and go around the pandal – hopping, praying, and feasting. [travel triangle]

Dusshera – Dussehra, also referred to as Vijayadashami, is also among the most famous festivals of India. It is celebrated in different forms countrywide. Ramlila(enactment of scenes from Ramayana) is held everywhere for 10 days. It’s culminated with “Ravan Dahan” – the burning of huge effigies of Ravana, Meghnath and kumbhakaran which is a real spectacle to see. [travel triangle]

Eid-Ul-Fitr – Eid is one of the major festivals of India for the Muslim community. People dress up in fineries, attend a special community prayer in the morning, visit friends, and relatives and exchange sweets. Children are given idi(money or gift) by elders. [travel triangle]

Ganesh Chaturthi – Ganesh Chaturthi, another one of important Hindu religious festivals of India, is a 10-day affair of colorful festivities. Huge handcrafted Ganesh idols are installed in homes or outdoors, in public pandals. Pujas are performed in the morning and the evening. The last day is the day of Visarjan – immersion of an idol in a water body. Cultural activities of singing, dancing, and theater, and free medical and blood donation camps are held. [travel triangle]

Gurupurab – On the most important Sikh festival of India, special assemblies on the lives and teachings of the gurus, and langars (community meals) are organized in the gurudwaras. Karah Prasad is distributed among all, and hymn chanting processions are held in the city. People light up their homes with lamps and candles and burst crackers to celebrate Gurpurab. [travel triangle]

Hemis – Hemis, the two-day religious festival from Ladakh, is one of the important festivals of India. It attracts a lot of locals and foreign tourists each year. The festivities include the Cham dance done by the priests to the tune of the traditional music of cymbals, drums, trumpets played by the monks. The dancing priests dress up in elaborate brocade outfits and masks. [travel triangle]

Holi – Also known as the festival of colors, holi is one of the famous festivals of India, celebrated with a lot of fervor across the country. On the eve of Holi, people make huge Holika bonfires and sing and dance around it. On the day of Holi, people gather in open areas and apply dry and wet colors of multiple hues to each other, with some carrying water guns and colored water filled balloons. [travel triangle]

Krishna Janmashtami – Janmashtami is again a beautiful one among the most important religious festivals of India. Janmashtami celebrations in Mathura and Vrindavan are very popular. People fast throughout the day and break it with a special meal after dusk. Visiting temples, praying, dancing, and singing bhajans (hymns) at midnight is a part of the celebrations of the birth of Lord Krishna. Often, small children dress up like Lord Krishna on this day. Images and picturization of Krishna’s life story are depicted in the “jhaankis” in temples. [travel triangle]

Navratri – Navratri festival is celebrated by all people throughout India in different ways. In Gujarat, it is a nine day celebration of rejuvenating Garba nights and highly energetic Dandiya Raas dances. People are dressed in beautiful, colorful traditional clothes and the environment is very youthful and invigorating. [travel triangle]

Onam – Onam is among the important festivals of India, wherein people wear traditional wear, adorn houses with Pookalam (floral designs), and prepare Onasadya(elaborate meal of 11/13 dishes). Events such as Vallamkali(snake boat race), Kaikottikali(clap dance), Kathakali dance, and Pulikali procession(artists dressed and painted like tigers and hunters) are held. [travel triangle]

Pongal – The four-day long harvest festival of South India is one of the most famous festivals of India. People prepare Pongal dish and wear their traditional attire. Celebrities include bonfires, dance, cattle races, sweets, and savories. The houses look resplendent with Kolam designs (traditional floral designs made with rice, colored powders, and flower petals) [travel triangle]

Raksha Bandhan – One of the famous festivals of India, Rakhi is celebrated among Hindu. Signifying the  brother-sister bonding, during Rakhi, the sister performs Aarti (prayer), applies tilak, and ties rakhi (a sacred thread) on the brother’s wrist wishing his well being. The brother, in return, vows to protect the sister. Another festival which has strong similarity to Rakhi is Bhaidooj which comes just after Diwali. [travel triangle]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Auto rickshaw – An auto rickshaw is a three wheeler vehicle for hire that has no doors and is generally characterized by a small cabin for the driver in the front and a seat for passengers in the rear. In Mumbai and other metropolitan cities, auto rickshaws have regulated metered fares. A recent law prohibits auto rickshaw drivers from charging more than the specified fare, or charging night-fare before midnight, and also prohibits the driver from refusing to go to a particular location. [just landed]

Bus – Buses make up over 90% of public transport in Indian cities and serve as a cheap and convenient mode of transport for all classes of society. Services are mostly run by state government owned transport corporations. However after the economic liberalisation, many state transport corporations have introduced various facilities like low-floor buses for the disabled and air conditioned buses to attract private car owners to help decongest roads. [just landed]

Cycle rickshaw – Cycle rickshaw were introduced in India in the 1940s. They are bigger than a tricycle where two people sit on an elevated seat at the back and a person pedals from the front. It has been a feature of Delhi streets since Indian independence in 1947, providing the cheapest way around the capital. [just landed]

Taxi – Depending on the city/state, taxis can either be hailed or hired from taxi stands. In cities such as Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad, taxis need to be hired over the phone. Whereas in cities like Kolkata and Mumbai, taxis can be hailed on the street. [just landed]

Train – The present suburban railway services in India are limited and are operational only in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi. The Mumbai suburban railway was the first rail system in India and began services in Mumbai in 1867 It transports 6.3 million passengers daily and has the highest passenger density in the world. [just landed]

Trams – The advent of British colonialism saw trams being introduced in many cities including Mumbai and Kolkata. They are still in use in Kolkata and provide an emission-free means of transport. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

3Pillar Product Innovation Group – Here’s calling all you software enthusiasts out there. Join the “3Pillar Global Product Innovation Group” and get an opportunity to meet and network with like-minded professionals who are passionate about software development, product innovation, open source, new and emerging technologies. [meetup]

Big Data & Business Analytics- Asia Pacific, Kolkata – Data Scientists across Asia Pacific with primary meeting hub at Kolkata. Other meet up places are Manila, Sydney and Singapore. This is a group for anyone and/or groups interested in Big Data, Analytics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Business Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Information analytics. [meetup]

Big Data Developers in Chennai – This is an IBM sponsored Big Data Meetup group. Geared towards developers, data scientists and ALL Big Data enthusiasts, our Meetups provide an opportunity to work hands on with the solutions and tools in our Big Data portfolio. [meetup]

C# Corner – is an online social community for IT professionals and developers to exchange their knowledge and experience using various methods such as contributing articles, forums, blogs, videos and offline chapter events. [meetup]

Chennai Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. In addition, you can meet local founders, exchange ideas, get feedback, engage in startup workshops, meet business partners, and more. [meetup]

Delhi New Tech – This is a group for anyone interested in new technology be it IoT, API, Web development, education, angular, Ionic, API analytics web-app designing etc. All skills levels are welcome. [meetup]

Kolkata Salesforce Developer Group – Connect with developers working on the Salesforce Platform in Kolkata.  If you’re a developer or an aspiring developer on Salesforce or the force.com platform, join us and come meet other developers like yourself. [meetup]

Kolkata Teachers Meetup – This group is for all teachers of Kolkata and nearby districts . High School Teachers, College Professors, Professional Teachers, Private Tutor all can meetup in this group and can share there requirements, teaching experience, student reference, Books recommendation etc. [meetup]

Training Professionals Meetup – This group is a melting pot for anyone and everyone interested in trainings be it skill or corporate or education based. I started this group so as to meet other training professionals, host events, learn from each other, meet budding entrepreneurs and to have fun doing it all the way. Its a chance for each one of us grow professionally and personally. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

English Learner Delhi, Improve Speaking and Writing – learning English is a wonder plan and choice. It has made our life very easy and relaxed. I am very thankful to this meetup plan that has blessed us with magical ways of learning English, be it writing and speaking So Guys if you are fond of learning English and want to polish your skill of writing and speaking you can join us in order to share help in learning English . Here you can explore as much as you want so what you are waiting for, come together and let,s rock the opportunity. [meetup]

Kolkata English Language Meetup – HI, I’m Nyima wanna practice english? lets talk. [meetup]

SpeakINDIA – If your success depends on effective public speaking, presentation skills and powerful communication skills, SpeakINDIA is the best place for you. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Indian LGBT Community – It’s LGBT Community Page. So , We Welcome LGBT Community People from all over the World…. [facebook]

LGBT Delhi – This is a general community space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from Delhi. [facebook]

Resources

Resources

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